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Nestled under the view of the North Island's famous central mountains, stunning Lake Taupo is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption of massive proportions. Today, the Taupo area is still an active geothermal region, minus the destructive forces of prehistory. This is good news for us modern humans, as these unique geological events have set the perfect scene for a luxurious and relaxing getaway.
The natural wonders of Taupo are obvious. There is ample opportunity for tramping, biking and swimming. If you're looking to relax while taking in nature’s glory, treat yourself to a scenic cruise with Sail Barbary. This refurbished yacht is rumoured to have once been owned by legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn. Your vessel harnesses the power of wind to carry you over the pristine waters of Lake Taupo, taking in mountain views and visiting a giant Maori carving accessible only by boat.
If something a bit more active is on the docket, consider a day on the links at the Taupo Golf Club. With two 18-hole courses, there is plenty to see while taking in all that greenery. If battling grass is not your thing, plan a personally tailored fly-fishing excursion on Taupo's area streams and rivers with local expert Peter Wilton.
After all that adventuring, it's time to relax. Visit the Living Waters Day Spa at Taupo DeBretts. Recharge with a facial, a mani/pedi or amp up the romance in your life with a couples massage. You can also experience Taupo’s geothermal magic straight from the source. Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park originates from a hot stream that flows into the Waikato River, thanks to the geothermal activity bubbling away underground. Have a gentle massage under the waterfall or soak in the shallow pools as you watch the crystal clear waters of the mighty Waikato River race by.
Once you're feeling refreshed and gorgeous, head to dinner at one of Taupo's many indulgent restaurants. The Brantry offers three fresh, inventive and seasonal courses for $55 per person. For something a touch more bespoke, check out Rose on Roberts for their ever-changing menu of gloriously presented fare. If a rustic indulgence is on order, Lakehouse Taupo deliciously touts itself as "Home of Craft Beer and Great Food" and serves up a brilliant selection of New Zealand Craft brews paired with the simple glory of stone-grilled proteins.
Lake Taupo Accommodation
At the end of your glorious day, nestle into the loving care of true luxury Taupo accommodation. The Cove on The Lake offers just the place to sit back and revel in the glory of relaxation. Overlooking Lake Taupo, The Cove's spacious premium spa suites provide lake and mountain views, a private balcony and your own thermally heated spa pool; setting the scene for engulfing relaxation. The Cove is within walking distance from the centre of town, but enough removed so as to create a peaceful, private atmosphere – the perfect place to settle in and let all that relaxation wash over you.
Need a getaway? Plan it now. Taupo is waiting for you.